Mommywood by Tori Spelling

I am knee deep in Mommywood by Tori Spelling.

I read her first book (sTORI telling) years ago, and loved it. I think the thing I love most about Tori is she is very down to earth. She may have money, she may have fame, but she just wants what all of us want. A life of love, happiness and a place to call home. I enjoyed reading about her travels through life's turmoil. We all have to find our way through the muck of our past, our parents, our growing up. It all plays a very valid role in who we are today.

In her new book, Mommywood, she explores the day to day inner working of being a mom in the world of Los Angeles surrounded by celebrities (being that she is one). I love the chapter about the awe she felt seeing another celebrity's baby at yoga and then relating that to how her kids will feel someday. I love how she tells her jealousy that Dean is a natural father, where she feels lost and how her son calls for him all the time and she can't seem to please.

It is her imperfections that make me like her and the fact that she embraces them, instead of hiding them is fabulous. I also enjoy the fact that she laughs at herself - or tries at least - because, as I know, that is very hard to do.

Sigh, I just wish I got Oxygen on one of my five channels. Or maybe hulu will pick it up. One can only hope.

Have you read this yet?

What are you currently reading?

life can be tiring

I feel tired lately. Tired in the sense that my body just doesn't want to move. Not just my body either, it's my brain too. It feels heavy and overloaded like it just can't take anymore.

No, my life isn't hard or bad. In fact, I lead a very happy life. (see blog header: she finally started living the life she always wanted) Life has been very good to me.

So that's not it.

I am not depressed. For once. I mean, being a woman, I have come to learn means depression seeps in on occasion. Sometimes, every month for about seven to ten days. Sometimes, it skips a month.

I am not overworked, maybe underpaid, but aren't we all.

I am not missing affection or attention. Seriously, I am in a very happy and very committed relationship. Sigh, love rocks.

I just feel my body playing anarchy.

For the last two days, I have suffered headaches and body pain that comes in waves. I have broken out in massive amounts of sweat one moment and bone chills the next. My ovaries feel as if they are dangling from strings. It is quite painful.

I have pulled a muscle or my hamstring in my left leg. HOW did I do this? I have no frickin' idea. Seriously, how does one pull a major muscle/tendon in the leg and not realize the instant it happens?

My allergies are causing my nose to constantly run like a faucet and my toilet paper (read: cheap tissues) to run dry.

My left eye has become swollen as if it will break out in pink eye, yet I know, it is not such. It is quite possibly just a reaction to some allergy. I am guessing, I got a cat hair in it. One of the many punishments for keeping my two precious cats after my allergist told me I am deathly allergic to them. Okay, not deathly, but severely.

My brain will not allow processing of the English language. As of lately, I sound like a ninety-year old woman who has lost her hearing aid. "What? I didn't catch that. Crap, can you repeat that? Okay, seriously I didn't hear you the last four times." It is driving Saint a bit crazy, rightly so, I must add. I hate to repeat myself.

And then to top it all off, our power went out for over six hours. It is currently over one hundred and ten degrees. Blessedly it was at night and I was tired (see above eight paragraphs). I promptly passed out in the heat. Or maybe, the heat made me promptly pass out. Who knows, but for once I slept like I hadn't slept in weeks.

I woke up with a headache.

Damn it.

What is wrong with me? I am 31 years old and feel like a old mofo. (sorry, I hate that expression too)

Does anyone else ever feel this way?

Martha Monday - summer cake

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Do you love to invent recipes, scrapbook,
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Every summer I get a craving for this cool, refreshing cake. I honestly do not know what it's called. I got it from my mom. I call it Jello Cake. It is seriously the easiest thing you will ever make. AND it is SO good. When temperatures are deathly hot, it gives my mouth a break of cool goodness.

Ingredients: Favorite cake mix
favorite jello mix
whipped topping/cool whip

Make cake mix following directions on box

(Let me take a moment to thank my mother for giving me a hand mixer after I burned out two of them. It is so much easier to make with a hand mixer.)

Pour the cake batter into a cake pan size of your choice
Bake following directions on the box.

Let cake sit and cool.

When cake is cool, poke cake all over with holes.
I have this really cool hair pick that I have used (strictly for this cake and not for any other thing like hair) for years because it makes a lot of holes at once.

When cake is cool, make jello mix according to box directions.

Pour jello over cake and put in fridge to set.

After jello has set (give it hours), pour cool whip over cake.
Smooth as if cake icing.

Serve and eat as wanted.

I love this cake because I can switch up the flavors as I want -
lemon cake with orange jello
strawberry cake with lemon jello
yellow cake with strawberry jello
You name it. I can mix it.